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September 17, 2007 T20 World Cup: Lee hat-trick helps Australia crush Bangladesh
Fast bowler Brett Lee performed the first hat-trick in 20-overs internationals as Australia crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets in their World Twenty20 Super Eights match at Newlands on Sunday.
Bangladesh was restricted to 123 for eight after being sent in. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden built up a quickfire opening partnership as Australia won with 6.1 overs to spare.
Bangladesh was struggling at 103 for three after 16 overs when Lee came on for his second spell. Aftab Ahmed hit a boundary followed by a single but Lee then had Shakib al Hasan caught behind for 16.
New batsman Mashrafe Mortaza predictably stepped away to try to slog the next ball but was deceived and bowled by a slow yorker. Alok Kapali was out leg before wicket first ball. Lee finished with three for 27.
In contrast to its tearaway start in its final group match against South Africa on Saturday, Bangladesh was unable to get on top against tight bowling and athletic fielding.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal made 32 and Aftab Ahmed 31 but they took 40 and 34 balls respectively.
Bangladesh’s slim hopes of defending its small total faded when Gilchrist survived a difficult chance to slip, off Mortaza on the fourth ball of Australia’s innings before a run had been scored. In the next over Syed Rasel conceded 14 runs and then Australia raced to 50 off 33 balls.
Bangladesh: T. Iqbal c Ponting b Clark 32, Nazimuddin c Ponting b Johnson 11, A. Ahmed c Hodge b Bracken 31, M. Ashraful c Symonds b Clarke 7, S. Hasan c Gilchrist b Lee 16, Mashrafe Mortaza b Lee 0, A. Kapali lbw b Lee 0, F. Reza c Hussey b Bracken 4, M. Rahim (not out) 3, A. Razzak (not out) 0, Extras (b-1, lb-2, nb-5, w-11) 19; Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs) 123.
Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-65, 3-82, 4-108, 5-108, 6-108, 7-120, 8-120.
Australia bowling: Lee 4-0-27-3, Bracken 3-0-14-2, Clark 4-0-13-1, Johnson 4-0-28-1, Symonds 2-0-10-0, Clarke 3-0-28-1.
Australia: A Gilchrist (run out) 43, M. Hayden (not out) 73, R. Ponting (not out) 6, Extras (nb-1, w-1) 2; Total (for one wkt. in 13.5 overs) 124.
Fall of wickets: 1-104.
Bangladesh bowling: Mortaza 3.5-0-27-0, Rasel 2-0-25-0, Razzak 4-0-34-0, Hasan 2-0-15-0, Kapali 2-0-23-0.
(This article was first published in The Hindu on September 17, 2007)